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Health Benefits of Beetroot

Beetroot Benefits

Not only is beetroot great for boosting stamina and making muscles work harder, it also contains potassium, magnesium and iron as well as vitamins A, B6 and C, and folic acid.  These are just some of the many Health Benefits of Beetroot.

Raw beetroot (100g) provides:
Per 100g GDA*
Energy 162 kJ / 38 kcal 2%
Protein g 1.7 4%
Carbohydrate
of which sugar
of which starch
g
g
g
7.6
7.0
0.6
3%
8%
Fat
of which saturates
g
g
0.1
0.0
0%
0%
Fibre g 1.9 8%
Sodium
Equivalent as salt
g
g
0.1
0.17
3%
*Recommended Daily amount (GDA) average adult (woman)
Source: McCance & Widdowson 6th edn.
Per 100g GDA
Vitamin C 8%
Folic Acid (Folate) 75%
Potassium (K) 11%
Iron (fe) 7%
Zinc (Zn) 3%
Magnesium (Mg) 4%

Beets also contain carbohydrates, protein, powerful antioxidants and soluble fibre. What’s more, just three baby beetroot equal one of your recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables a day.

Read on to find out more about how ruby red beets can help you maintain a healthy lifestyle…

Reduces Blood Pressure and the Risk of Heart Attacks and Strokes

Research has shown that beetroot can help reduce blood pressure as well as its associated risks such as heart attacks and strokes. This is because the high content of nitrates in beetroot produce a gas called nitric oxide in the blood which widens blood vessels and lowers blood pressure. A daily dose of 250ml of beetroot juice or 1 to 2 cooked beetroot (approx. 100g) can help dramatically reduce blood pressure and its associated risks.

Cancer Protection

But improvements in blood pressure may only be the beginning to the beetroot’s scientific application. Within the beetroot is betacyanin, which has been found to slow the growth of tumors by 12.5 percent in patients with prostate and breast cancer. The importance of slowing cancer growth shouldn’t be underestimated. Many cancer patients are dubbed “cancer free,” but only in light of the fact that the cancer has not returned over a certain period of time. Anything that might slow the growth of cancer within a patient will always allow more time to treat or even discover the disease before it becomes fatal.

Be wary, however, because this study only evaluated betacyanin on its own, and it’s only assumed and not proven at this point that the beetroot’s other properties do not interfere with betacyanin’s affects.

Boosting Digestive Health

Probiotic Restore UltraA high fiber count makes beetroot and beetroot juice a prime choice for those with digestive issues. Fiber helps to promote digestive and colon health by cleaning out the gastrointestinal system and making for regular, healthy bowel movements.

“Beetroot is high in fibre and a 100g portion – about two or three small beetroot – contains ten per cent of your RDA, which helps regulate bowel movements. It also contains a substance called betaine which normalises stomach acid secretion,” says Nutritional therapist Dr  Elisabeth Philipps.

Powerful Antioxidant Properties

Betacyanin, the pigment that gives beetroot its colour, is also an antioxidant. Antioxidants are believed to help reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol, in turn protecting artery walls and reducing the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Folic Acid

Beetroot contains folic acid which is essential for normal tissue growth. Folic acid is crucial to the development of a baby’s spinal cord during the first three months of pregnancy and can help prevent spinal cord defects such as spina bifida. Beetroot also contains iron so is a fab pick-me-up for mums-to-be suffering from fatigue during pregnancy. Expectant mums must remember though that cooked beetroot has lower levels of folic acid than raw beetroot. For more information on the importance of folic acid during pregnancy, visit the NHS website. For more information on foods containing folic acid see Bounty’s Folic Acid Factfile. These are Advocare products that contain Folic Acid:

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Reduces Risk of Osteoporosis

Beetroot contains the mineral silica. This helps the body to utilize calcium, which is important for musculo-skeletal health and reducing the risk of osteoporosis.

Lowers Cholesterol

Beetroot contains soluble fiber, which has also been shown to have cholesterol lowering capabilities. It also contains carotenoids and flavonoids, which help prevent LDL or ‘bad’ cholesterol from being oxidized and deposited in the arteries.

Stabilizes Blood Sugar

Beetroot is virtually fat free and low in calories. Although it has a ‘medium’ GI (Glycaemic Index) of 64, It has an extremely low GL (Glycaemic Load) of 2.9 which means it’s converted into sugars very slowly and therefore helps to keep blood sugar levels stable.

Treats Anemia and Fatigue

Beetroot’s iron content means it’s good for those with anemia and fatigue.

Helps Slow Progression of Dementia

A recent study by Wake Forest University in North Carolina, USA has shown that the high content of nitrates in beetroot may also help fight the progression of dementia, as nitric oxide in the blood (produced by the nitrates in beetroot) also helps increase blood flow to the brain. Beetroot’s folic acid may also play a part as studies suggest it can help protect against Alzheimer’s and dementia.

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The Body’s Use of Oxygen during Exercise

Heart Uses Oxygen

Your muscles need oxygen in order to function. Every single cell within an exercising body requires the element in order to convert sugars into energy.

Consuming Oxygen for Energy

During exercise, your body demands more oxygen. This process often happens through heavier breathing, and when the working load becomes too difficult to endure, your body stops but the breathing still continues. In order to function, the cells and muscles in your body need a source of energy called ATP; this abbreviation stands for adenosine triphosphate. The molecule actually contains 4 separate parts that work to convert blood sugar into energy for your muscles.

ATP - Energy

ATP – Energy

 

Through breathing, the oxygen in every breath of air gets filtered through your lungs, transporting blood rich in oxygen into the body. The muscles that you exercise receive the blood and absorb the oxygen; each individual cell absorbs oxygen molecules. The muscle cells push out the carbon dioxide filled blood into the blood stream which travels to the heart while ATP gets taken in by the working muscles. Your heart then pushes the blood back to the lungs which exhale the carbon dioxide out into the air.

This revolving cycle or process continues through all exercise activities. Breathing serves as an involuntary function, one that continues unless you purposely stop it from taking place. You will notice how the body automatically adjusts your breathing during vigorous physical activity to accommodate the energy needs of your body and its working muscles.

Understanding Other Ideas

Liver - Blood - Muscle

Liver – Blood – Muscle

Running, lifting weights or performing any form of exercise at a slow to moderate tempo generally causes smaller fluctuations in oxygen needs than those involving challenging more vigorous activities. Every human body has the ability to store a maximum amount of oxygen at once. The maximum level, called the VO2Max, actually becomes limited because the muscles demand more oxygen than what your heart has the ability to provide.

In basic terms, the supply of oxygen provided and controlled by the blood pumping process in the heart limits your body’s ability to maintain a constant and extra high level of muscle energy. This makes sense when you think about animals with much larger heart sizes. For example, a blue whale needs much more oxygen rich blood in order to support its muscle mass and energy consumption through physical activity like swimming.

The environment directly affects the oxygen supply that remains needed during exercise. Extremely cold conditions often limit lung capacity. This happens even while your muscles continue to work equally or harder than they do in warm conditions. Since your body does not receive enough oxygen, exercising in very cold conditions becomes more difficult.

Intensity

Intensity

Elevated conditions in which the air supply contains less oxygen molecules also limits your ability to perform vigorous exercise.

Basic Understanding

  • Muscles require energy in order to function. Exercise greatly increases your muscles’ energy requirements.
  • Your muscles gain the required level of energy through the consumption of oxygen. Breathing allows your body to intake oxygen and convert blood sugars, also known as glucose, into muscle feeding energy known as ATP.
  • Without oxygen, your body would not be able to function and muscle movement becomes limited quickly.

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Beetroot extract has been added to the O2 Gold Advanced supplement as there is growing research showing that beetroot extract helps to improve physical performance.*

In conjunction with the powerful adaptogens, other ingredients in O2 Gold Advanced supplement are involved in the regeneration of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).* Muscle activity is fueled in part by ATP. When the body’s reserve of ATP is depleted, it loses energy and strength. Inosine appears to work by making ATP last longer, thereby providing a safe and effective way to enable the body to utilize oxygen more efficiently.* The result is greater strength, energy, stamina and lean body mass.* The enzyme hydrolyzed whey proteins in O2 Gold Advanced supplement provide the rich source of amino acids and protein that the muscles require for growth and strength.* Enzyme-hydrolyzed whey proteins have had their molecular chains partially disassembled by enzyme actions as a part of the manufacturing process prior to use as an ingredient. This added manufacturing step greatly facilitates digestion of the whey proteins after consumption, speeding up their availability to the body’s metabolic processes and thus speeding the positive results of O2 Gold Advanced supplement.*

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Who Needs Omega 3 Fatty Acids?

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Who Needs Omega 3 Fatty Acids? You? Your baby? Your teen? Your parents?

You’ve likely heard about the many health benefits of omega-3 fatty acids. Who needs Omega 3 Fatty Acids and are you getting enough of them in your diet?

According to experts, probably not. And most people you know — your spouse, your toddler, and your mom – probably aren’t either.

“Pretty much everybody’s diet is deficient in omega-3s,” says David C. Leopold, MD, director of integrative medical education at the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine in San Diego. “I think that’s why adding them back in seems to have so many health benefits. We’re just balancing out what’s normally” there.

Omega-3s are rapidly becoming an important tool in mainstream medicine. They seem to have health benefits for every age group – from before birth to old age. There’s conclusive evidence that they protect against heart disease and lower triglycerides. There’s also some research showing that they might help with dozens of other conditions, too.

To help you better understand the benefits — and some of the risks — of omega-3s, here’s a primer on using omega-3 fatty acids. WebMD has also surveyed the evidence of how omega-3s help four groups of people — infants, children and teens, young adults, and middle-aged to older adults.

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

What Are Omega-3s?

Omega-3s are essential fatty acids — we need them for our bodies to work properly. One of their most important benefits is that they seem to have an anti-inflammatory effect.

“A lot of diseases, like heart disease and arthritis, seem to be related to an inflammatory process,” says Leopold. “Omega-3s can tune down the body’s inflammation, and that may be how they help prevent some of these chronic diseases.”

So how do omega-3s benefit people at different ages? Here’s the rundown on the research.

Keep in mind that few of these studies are definitive, and larger studies are needed to determine therapeutic benefit.  Also, some studies used food sources of omega-3s, and others used omega-3 supplements.

Always discuss the use of any medication or supplement with your doctor.

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Omega-3s for Infants, Prenatal Health, and Pregnancy

Omega-3s are important for children’s health right from the start – actually, before they’re even born. Here’s some of the evidence.

  • Cognitive development. Some studies show that infants fed formulas enriched with the omega-3 fatty acid DHA show improvements in hand-eye coordination, attention span, social skills, and intelligence test scores. Studies have shown that children born to mothers who took supplements of omega-3s (DHA and EPA) during pregnancy and the during the first months of breastfeeding scored higher on cognitive tests at 4 years of age compared to children whose mothers did not take supplements of DHA and EPA.
  • Asthma risk. A 2008 study found that the teenage children of women who took fish oil during pregnancy were less likely to have developed asthma.
  • Growth. There’s some evidence that when omega-3s are added to formula, it promotes growth and brain development in premature infants.
  • Preterm labor. A 2003 study found that women who ate eggs enriched with omega-3s were less likely to go into premature labor than women who ate standard eggs.

Although none of these studies are conclusive, there’s good reason to make sure that infants – and pregnant women — are getting their omega 3s such as DHA and EPA.

Many infant formulas are now supplemented with DHA. A mother’s breast milk is an ideal source of omega-3s, although it may be affected by how many omega-3s she’s getting in her diet.

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DHA is required in high levels in the brain and retina as a physiologically-essential nutrient to provide for optimal neural functioning (learning ability, mental development) and visual acuity, in young and old alike. Some studies have demonstrated that DHA is important in the brain for regulating attention and controlling behavior, and that concentration levels can be increased by providing a supplement of DHA.

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  • Contributing to good health and normal growth and development

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Omega-3s for Children and Teens

Some of the childhood conditions that have been studied include:

  • ADHD. Kids with ADHD may have lower levels of omega-3s in their bodies than normal, and a few small studies have looked at fish oil supplements as a treatment. They found that the supplements might improve behavior, reduce hyperactivity, and boost attention in kids under 12.
  • Depression. Fish oil is often used as a treatment for depression in adults; there have been a few studies in children too. One small 2006 study of fish oil in depressed 6- to 12-year-olds found it helped their symptoms significantly.
  • Diabetes. One small study looked at kids who were at high risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The researchers found that those who ate a high omega-3 diet were less likely to develop the condition.
  • Asthma. Omega-3s may reduce inflammation in the airways, which could benefit those with asthma. One small study of 29 children with asthma found that those taking fish oil for 10 months had fewer symptoms than those who didn’t. However, other studies of omega-3s as an asthma treatment have not found consistent evidence that they help.
Fish Oil

Fish Oil

Keep in mind that many of these studies were small and other studies have sometimes found contradictory evidence. More research needs to be done before we’ll know the full implications.

Omega-3s for Young Adults

As an age group, young adults tend to be pretty healthy. But it’s a good time to start thinking ahead and considering your health in the long-term. So how can omega-3s help?

  • Cardiovascular health. Studies have found that people who eat fatty fish twice a week have lower rates of heart disease. One study found that fish oil – in foods or supplements – cut the risk of death from cardiovascular disease by 32%. People with documented heart disease are advised to get about 1 gram of omega-3s from fish oil per day or to consider EPA plus DHA supplements.
  • Cancer. So far, the evidence is not very strong. But a number of studies have noted that people who take in higher amounts of omega-3s seem to have lower levels of certain cancers. These include cancers of the breast, prostate, colon, ovaries, esophagus, and others. Are the omega-3s really responsible? It’s impossible to say. But the evidence is promising and more research needs to be done.
  • Depression and other psychiatric conditions . There’s some fairly good evidence that omega-3s can play a role in brain chemistry and a number of studies have found some benefits. Several studies have found that blood levels of omega-3 fatty acids are lower in those who suffer from depression .
Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 Fatty Acids

“We have studies showing that countries that have healthier diets — with more vegetables and fish — tend to have a lower incidence of depression than western countries,” says Ronald Glick, MD, medical director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

At least a few studies have found that adding omega-3s supplements is beneficial for those suffering from depression. For instance, fish oil does seem to boost the effectiveness of some antidepressants. There’s also some early evidence that omega-3s might help with schizophrenia and the depressive symptoms of bipolar disorder. There’s some conflicting evidence that omega-3s may help with other conditions — ranging from skin conditions to painful menstruation to Crohn’s disease. More evidence is needed to determine whether omega-3 supplements benefit people with inflammatory bowel disease.

Omega-3s for Middle-aged and Older Adults

A bottle of Advocare's OmegaPlex Capsules

A bottle of Advocare’s OmegaPlex Capsules

As you get older, the risks of serious conditions like heart disease grow. The good news is that omega-3s have their best established benefits in people of this age group.

  • Heart health. “Omega-3s have enormous benefits from a cardiovascular standpoint,” says Erminia M. Guarneri, MD, a cardiologist and medical director of the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. Not only do they help prevent problems in healthy people, they also cut the risk of complications and death in people who already have heart disease. Omega-3s seem to help keep the heart rhythm steady. One study found that people who had already had a heart attack and took fish oil had a 45% decrease in the risk of heart-related death. Fish and fish oil also seem to slow down arteriosclerosis and lower the risk of strokes.
  • Triglycerides. The omega-3s — DHA and EPA — can slash triglyceride levels by 20% to 50%. The effect seems to depend on the amount, so your doctor might recommend fairly high doses. The effects of omega-3s on other types of cholesterol are less clear.
  • Rheumatoid arthritis. While the evidence isn’t conclusive, a number of studies have found that fish oil can reduce rheumatoid arthritis symptoms, like morning stiffness and pain. High doses – of 3 to 4 grams — may be necessary. No one should be on such a large dose without the supervision of a doctor.
  • Osteoporosis. Studies have found that people who eat higher levels of fatty fish than average have greater bone density in the hip. One study found that fish oil – in combination with calcium and primrose oil – increased bone density in older people with osteoporosis.
  • Memory, dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease. Several studies have found that diets high in fatty fish may help prevent memory loss and lower the risk of dementia in older people. However, other studies have not found a benefit. Recent studies have also evaluated whether the omega-3 supplement DHA can slow the decline seen in people with Alzheimer’s dementia or in age-associated memory impairment. One recent study showed that DHA can be a beneficial supplement and may have a positive effect on gradual memory loss associated with aging.

How Should I Get More Omega-3s?

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What’s the best way to get your omega-3s? Improve your diet, experts say.

Fatty fish are a good source of DHA and EPA. Although there are plant sources of omega-3s – in foods like flax, olive oil, and some leafy greens – they don’t seem to be quite as effective. Plants contain a fatty acid called ALA, which has to be broken down into DHA and EPA in the body. Many food products are fortified with algae oil and can be a good source of DHA.

Children and women who are breastfeeding or pregnant must be careful of the toxins that can build up in some seafood, such as shark, swordfish, and tilefish. They should eat smaller fatty fish – like salmon and trout – and eat no more than 12 ounces a week.

What about omega-3 supplements? Although getting nutrients from food is always preferable, adding a supplement might be smart. Also many foods are now fortified with omega-3s, such as some milk products, juices, breads, eggs, cooking oils, and snack foods.

“Omega -3 supplements are extremely safe for most people,” says Leopold. He cautions that anyone with a bleeding disorder – or who takes a medicine that could affect bleeding, like the blood thinner Coumadin – needs to talk to a doctor first before taking fish oils. Evidence suggests that eating less than 3 grams a day is unlikely to result in bleeding.

Are omega-3 supplements for children an option? “While you must talk to a pediatrician first, I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t consider giving an appropriate dosage of omega-3 supplements to a child,” Leopold tells WebMD. Just keep in mind that a doctor needs to work out the correct dosage.

Omega-3s: A Not-So-Alternative Treatment

Although many people might consider omega-3 fatty acids an “alternative” medicine, experts stress that omega 3s are really a complementary treatment. They seem to work best not on their own, but side by side with traditional medicine, often amplifying the effects of prescription drugs.

“Omega-3s may not replace your medicines for arthritis or depression,” says Gail Underbakke, RD, nutrition coordinator of the Preventative Cardiology Program at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. “But they might allow you to take lower doses of those drugs.”

So don’t look at omega-3s as an alternative treatment that you administer by yourself. Instead, discuss omega-3 supplements or fortified foods with your doctor. Figure out how you should be using omega-3s – and at what dose — in the context of your overall health and treatment. And make sure that you don’t have any medical conditions – or take any medicines – that would make omega-3s too risky.

“With a few exceptions, I don’t think there’s any problem with the average person taking a fish oil supplement daily, like a multivitamin,” says Guarneri. “By and large, an extra gram of fish oil is only going to help you.”

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OmegaPlex® omega-3 fatty acid supplement is a safe, convenient, easy way to get the omega-3 fatty acids that may be missing from your diet, especially if you consume fish less than twice a week. It contains both 600 mg of EPA and 400 mg DHA long-chain omega-3 fatty acids per serving for maximum benefit.* Because these nutrients are involved in transporting nutrients, OmegaPlex is an important component for core nutrition.* It also helps promote healthy hair, skin and nails, and supports a healthy immune system.* It plays a key role in cardiovascular activity by supporting normal blood flow and healthy blood pressure.* In fact, consuming omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.** By supporting a healthy metabolism, OmegaPlex can aid weight management.*

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Predicting Healthy Aging – Dr. Mark Miller

Dr. Mark Miller

Western societies are facing a series of major challenges that represent a potential healthcare tsunami in the next few decades. They are the combined forces of the population demographic group known as the Baby Boomers (those born between 1946 – 1964) and consequences of altered diet and lifestyle resulting in obesity. Thus, the elderly population is growing in stature – both physically and numerically.

Given the expanding numbers of the older population and the burden that their numbers and poor health have on healthcare resources, it is timely to evaluate the determinants of healthy aging. If we could direct efforts early so this population bubble was in better health as they age, it would have dramatic effects on the costs to society. So what are the predictors of healthy aging?

A recent publication out of Harvard in the British Medical Journal (Sun et al., 2009) shed some important insight. Using data from the Nurses Health study they determined that weight gain at middle age was a strong predictor for health at age 70. This was a prospective study where over 17,000 nurses were evaluated from 1976 (at a mean age of 50) to 2000. Being healthy was defined as being free of cognitive, mental health or physical health deficits as well as free of 11 major chronic illnesses. The latter were diseases like cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, Multiple sclerosis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease etc.

Stunningly only 9.9% on nurses that enrolled in the study in 1976 were healthy at age 70! In other words over more than 9 out 10 were unhealthy as they aged. After adjustments for lifestyles and dietary variables a major determinant of healthy aging was weight at middles age. Indeed it was linearly related, so that for every 2.2 pounds of weight put on between the ages of 18 and 50, the chances of being healthy at 70 went down by 5%. So if you gained 22 pounds your chances were reduced by 50%. Do your own personal math and calculate your risk. Frightening and this is for the population that lived to age 70. The focus was on healthy aging not longevity.

The lowest odds for healthy aging were those that were overweight at age 18 and gained more weight with age. Indeed, in this study 37% of the participants had both a chronic disease and at least one limitation (physical, mental or cognitive) and 55% had more than one limitation. In contrast if you maintained a healthy and stable body weight your chances for healthy aging improved dramatically.

The study pointed out some of the attributes that were associated with those that aged in a healthy manner versus those that did not. These include:

  • More physically active
  • Lower dietary intake of saturated fatty acids, trans fats and red meat
  • Higher dietary intake of PUFA /Saturated fats, alcohol intake, cereal fiber and fruits & vegetables.
  • Less likely to be a smoker
  • Better educated

It appears that choices are major determinants of healthy aging, especially choices related to obesity and weight gain. Those individuals that maintain a stable healthy weight over their lifetime are far more likely to enjoy a healthy status as elderly citizens. This has a massive bearing on societal issues as noted at the beginning given the population bubble of Baby Boomers and the costs associated with managing poor health and aging.

Apparently size matters, and healthy aging is certainly determined by weight gain in adulthood.

Mark JS Miller, PhD, MBA, FACN

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BioTune®:

  • Promotes internal balance and healthy aging*
  • Encourages youthful responses to physical stress and challenges*
  • Formulated with a unique nutrient/herbal blend that helps support cardiovascular, bone and joint, and gastrointestinal systems.*

BioCharge®:

BioCharge® is designed to facilitate the restoration of our epigenome status to a more youthful setting.* This anti-aging action is accomplished through antioxidant rich botanicals combined with B vitamins and branched chain amino acids (BCAAs).* BCAAs are critical for activation of genetic resources in skeletal muscle and adipose tissue. During exercise the presence of BCAAs helps promote the genetic code that leads to lean body mass, improved muscle performance and recovery.

Delayed recovery from exercise is a hallmark of aging. For those who do not maintain an active lifestyle, twinges, aches, stiffness and pains may be a common and constant companion. An imbalance in the epigenome is a major contributor to these events. In addition to the BCAAs, the botanicals in BioCharge are known to help correct these imbalances in the epigenome and provide anti-inflammatory actions.*

Taurine and B vitamins within BioCharge address the loss of energy that Baby Boomers feel.* Non-jittery energy that is focused and sustained is a characteristic of these components.* Since some Boomers can be less tolerant of some of the effects of caffeine, BioCharge is caffeine free.

BioTune®:

Ingredient research has shown that nutrients in BioTune are able to help restore the use of genetic resources.* They do not change the DNA code – we inherit that code from our parents. But how we use that code has a large bearing on our health.

Think of the genetic code like the hardware in a computer. It does not change and is the same in all cells, whether they are skin, nerves, liver or muscle. However, what tells those cells to act in the correct manner and perform their assigned roles and functions are a series of molecular switches called the “epigenome”. If the DNA is the hardware, then these switches are the software that determines how cells act and function.

Over time, or due to poor nutrition and environmental factors the software program can shift in its performance. This dysfunction in our cellular software can contribute to the problems that we collectively call Boomeritis and other conditions associated with aging.

The ingredients in BioTune are naturally occurring substances with ingredient research support demonstrating their actions as guardians of the epigenome. These materials possess complex chemical structures and work in a variety of ways, with the combination bringing diverse approaches to health and wellness through a multitude of actions.* The end result is a more youthful feeling that results from synchronizing your genes with nature.*

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Reference

1) Sun Q et al. 2009. Adiposity and weight gain in mid-life in relation to healthy survival after age 70 in women: prospective cohort study. BMJ 339: b3796 doi: 10.1136/bmj.b3796

 

 

Advocare’s 24 Day Challenge – More than Weight Loss

24 Day Challenge Weight Loss Program

The 24-Day Challenge is a weight loss PROGRAM that is producing amazing results.  Users like you have been, on average, losing 10 inches and 10 lbs in just 24 DAYS. Energize your mind and body, feed your muscles and starve your fat as you lose inches, improve health and melt away body fat in a way that will fit into your busy life and be realistic for any hectic schedule. This jump start program will teach your body to continue losing body fat and increasing lean muscle.

But it is more than just weight loss, it is weight management.  It’s pretty straight-forward, really.

The AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge is a simple program, created by doctors and nutritionists (see our Sci-Med Board), and designed to “kick-start” weight-loss, increase the metabolism and purify the digestive system.

And yes, the “10 lbs and 10 inches” claim? Those are average results. We recommend this nutritional program for our friends, family, and customers, and they routinely enjoy even more impressive results than the “10 lbs and 10 inches” numbers that Advocare quotes.

But as impressive as they are, we’ve found that the initial pounds and inches are really only the first of many benefits this program can help our patients achieve. Because believe it or not, the 24-Day Challenge actually is not designed to be a “quick weight loss” program (even though it can be pretty impressive in that department).

The 24 Day Challenge Weight Loss Program

What the 24 Day Challenge is really about.

As we all know, good habits are simply the repetition of things that are good for us. The 24-Day Challenge is just that — the repetition of things that are good for us. By the time we complete the challenge we have accumulated almost a month’s worth of good nutrition, good routines and good thinking processes, and that simply means that maintaining our newer, lighter, more energetic and better looking body is much easier than it would be with a fad diet program.

As an Advocare Distributor I recommend a balanced nutritional program designed to make real improvements in your lives, I love this program.

Because even though short-term “band-aids” for various conditions can seem to be helpful (like aspirin for back pain, for example), they’re just treating the symptoms of the problem (the pain) — not fixing the cause of that pain. And while this Challenge does help you lose body fat quickly, it also helps prepare you for a much better life afterward by teaching you the simple principles about food, metabolism and exercise that no “fad diet” ever begins to address.

Like most Americans, our patients are often surprised at how simple — and pleasant — it can be to eat clean food, cleanse the digestive system and begin to enjoy an active, vital life again. The AdvoCare 24-Day Challenge does a great job of teaching the simple truths needed for great personal health, and that is why I recommend it. Weight loss is only one of the benefits this program offers.

I like that the Challenge is completely safe and available to the general public, no prescription or doctor’s visit necessary (although before beginning any change to your exercise and health regimen you should check with your physician.)

What is the 24 Day Challenge Weight Loss Program?

Here’s what the Weight Loss Challenge can do for you:

  • Give you coaching and support throughout
  • Ensure 2-4 convenient and balanced meals per day
  • Burn excess body fat
  • Build lean muscle
  • Boost your body’s metabolism
  • Improve nutrient absorption and digestion
  • Increase natural energy levels
  • Cut cravings and fill nutritional “gaps”
  • Minimize aches, pains and chronic inflammation
  • Increase immune system function
  • Teach real-world, simple lifestyle habits you can easily maintain
  • Provide a convenient, affordable solution for health problems and obesity
  • Ready to try the 24-Day Challenge for your yourself?

Are you ready for weight loss results?

You can purchase the complete bundle from our microsite by clicking here: PURCHASE THE ADVOCARE 24-DAY CHALLENGE HERE. You’ll find all the info you need, plus you’ll see the complete product list, answers to common questions and some simple instructions on how to use the program. Shipping is quick, and we have found Advocare’s customer service to be top notch!

Receive 20% – 40% off your purchases, for life!

NOTE: Advocare also offers a program that enables you to get a 20-40% discount on all of their highly-rated products — the same discount I get today. To learn more about this discount, click here.

Distributor Kit

20% – 40% Discount

In the end, the 24-Day Challenge is a tool. It’s safe, it’s effective, it’s convenient and it’s affordable. And like any tool, it requires YOU to do a little work. Are you willing to take this small step, invest a little time and a little effort and see what kind of “you” is possible? If you are, I’d love to help you!